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Harvard Offer for Paddy

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Year 13 pupil Paddy Pender has been offered a place to study at Harvard University in the US.

Paddy chose to study at Harvard because of the opportunities it offers, not just academically but also in sport, although he gained his place purely on academic merit and did not receive a sponsorship as some athletes do.

An excited Paddy said “Studying in America gives me the chance to excel not only in my studies but athletically as well. I can swim and study at a high level over there in comparison to in the UK.” He also feels that he will fit in with and enjoy the US culture.

When he has completed a year at Harvard, Paddy will decide what to go on and study but, currently, he hopes that this will be Politics and Economics. After four years at Harvard he then hopes to go on to Law School in America.

The application was a lengthy process. Paddy submitted a number of essays and took standard American tests including World History which he learned in just three weeks and amazingly got full marks!

Paddy’s twin brother, Teddy, also attends Bolton School. The pair came to the School in 2011 from the British School Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman where the family lived for six years.

Paddy is the latest in a number of Bolton School boys to choose to study in the States. The School actively supports students in their application to study at top foreign universities and there have been a number that have gone on to develop their sporting talents at American colleges which offer world-class facilities and coaching of international standard. Paul Drinkwater is currently in the US for golf, while studying Economics in Austin, Texas. He is at the end of his second year of a four year course and loving it. Paul has to maintain a high standard in his academic grades to be considered to be part of the golf team. Like Paddy, being in America proved to be an irresistible opportunity for him to study in an environment which would allow him to balance his academic work with sport. Swimmer Daniel Sliwinski also studied in the US at the University of Indiana, as did Tom Whittaker and Chas Parry, who had football scholarships at the University of Rio Grande Ohio and Purdue University in Indiana respectively. Krishnan Patel headed to Lassen Community College on the West Coast, also for football and Chris Nott went to the University of Arizona for Tennis.

Former Girls’ Division student and swimmer Emma Saunders is currently studying at Alabama University and current pupil Beth Coton will be going to the University of Colorado to study and play tennis.

Another former Bolton School student to take up an opportunity at an American university was six time 24-hour solo World Champion mountain bike racer, Chris Eatough, who moved to the United States from England in 1990 when his father's employment relocated his family. He went to Clemson University on a football scholarship and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He then moved on to The University of Virginia, where he earned a master's degree in transportation engineering and where he discovered mountain biking and became passionate about the sport.

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Paddy Pender has been offered a place at Harvard University

Paddy Pender has been offered a place at Harvard University